Ghibellino said:If the goal is to signal good breeding in an Anglo context,
Ahhh OK, now I get it. It's to signal good breeding. i.e. you have a close, tight knit family AND know who your Dad was AND he has an identity worth passing on AND it's something other elite do.
Reminds me of how family trees are 'racist'... because only certain people can trace their lineage on 23andme and Ancestry.com from those uploaded ship logs and other historical documents.